Camila Giorgi will compete against Rebecca Peterson for the title at the Merida Open.

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On Friday, Camila Giorgi advanced to the Merida Open final. The Italian, who defeated Sloane Stephens in the quarterfinals 6-0, 6-0 in just over 45 minutes, had to put in a lot of effort to beat Katerina Siniakova. Giorgi won in two hours and eleven minutes, 7-5, 7-6(2).

The Czech established a 4-2 advantage for herself in the opening set, but Giorgi quickly seized the initiative and swept to a 7-5 victory. With a 5-2 advantage in the second set, it was Giorgi’s turn to be overtaken by the fourth set.

However, Giorgi once again dominated the proceedings in the last tie-break, winning it with just two points lost and going on to win the match. Compared to Siniakova’s 64%, Giorgi won 83% of her first-serve points. On their second serves, neither player was able to win as many points.

Against Siniakova’s 32%, Giorgi triumphed with 37%. Giorgi converted four of the four break points she faced on Siniakova’s serve, saving six of the nine break points she faced. Giorgi had 23 unforced errors compared to 25 wins. Siniakova had 33 unforced errors compared to 17 wins.

Camila Giorgi finally reached a final at the Merida Open. Jennifer Peterson

Giorgi will portray Rebecca Peterson in the championship. To defeat Cathy McNally, 6-2, 6-7(4), 6-4, the Swede needed three sets and two hours, 47 minutes of playing time.

Compared to McNally’s 55%, Peterson won 64% of her first-serve points. By using her second serve, Peterson prevailed in 13 of 30 matches. McNally used her second serve to win 10 out of 31 games. There were a total of 20 break points in the match. Peterson converted four of the twelve break points on the American’s serve while saving three of the eight break points she faced.

Peterson defeated McNally 93 to 111 points in the final score. Camila Giorgi hasn’t competed in a final since she won the Montreal Open in 2021, but she did so at the Merida Open. Rebecca Peterson has now competed in three finals throughout her career, with the last one occurring at the 2019 Tianjin Open over four years ago. Merida Open Twitter provided the image.